Muhal Richard Abrams: Laja
Muhal Richard Abrams (piano)
View From Within (Black Saint BSR0081)
Muhal Richard Abrams (piano), Stanton Davis (trumpet), John Purcell (alto sax), Marty Ehrlich (alto sax), Warren Smith (vibes), Rick Rozie (bass), Thurman Barker (drums), Ray Mantilla (bongo, conga, percussion).
Recorded: New York, September 22 & 27, 1984
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Utilizing the rhythm and feel of salsa music, you get a feel of how Muhal hears music. He hears the rhythm and then allows his style of harmonic writing to infiltrate the rhythm. I remember him telling me once “the innovations in music are predominantly through rhythm.” I love this. If this piece had different notes, you’d think it was Tito Puente.
Reviewer: Jason Moran